1 person struck and killed by Norfolk Southern train in Pennsylvania

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FILE – In this Aprill 22, 2008 file photo, a Norfolk Southern engine is seen parked outside a railway office in Hopewell, Va. Norfolk Southern Corp. releases quarterly financial results after the market close Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, file)

SAFE HARBOR, Pa. (WAVY/WHTM) – One person was killed after being struck by a Norfolk Southern train in Lancaster County, Pa., according to WHTM.

A spokesperson from Norfolk Southern says he was walking on the tracks with his back to the train around 5 a.m.

Officials say the train crew sounded the train’s whistle and bells and applied the braking system.

It can take a mile or more for a freight train to stop after brakes are applied, according to Norfolk Southern.

The 5,961-foot train was transporting 98 rail cars, including 95 empties, from Reybold, Delaware, to Enola.

Pennsylvania State police are investigating.

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